Paritosh (name changed to maintain confidentiality) and I had just finished greeting each other and had parted ways. A few seconds later I was told he was sitting on the stairs refusing to budge. I walked up to him and asked him what the matter was, he replied, “Aunty, I’m feeling unconscious.” He seemed physically fine but kept repeating it several times. I asked him if I should call the ambulance to take him to the classroom to which he nodded in agreement. So I called for two senior students who were kind enough to serve as our emergency ambulance. They reported that he was perfectly fine and was just acting to be sick. I went to his classroom to make sure our patient was comfortable. He was at the back of the classroom, refusing to take his seat. When he saw me he said he was feeling unconscious and couldn’t sit in his place. Since he requested for a doctor I escorted him to our in-house specialist who has years of experience dealing with a wide range of patients our very own Dr. Rita James : ) Continue reading
We have all received gifts as children. As a child, the gift may not be of great value unless it is what the child longs for. This small incident tells us how important it is to give children what ‘they’ desire and not what ‘you’ desire to give them.
A teenage boy; his life has given him the challenge of depending on a hearing aid to hear and sign language to communicate. The desire of a helping hand was to gift him a hearing aid. It was given to him on one fine day. Continue reading
Children with autism are said to be concrete in their thinking, here’s an example to substantiate. During one of the Environmental Study (E.V.S) classes Student A (12 yrs) was taught that the root of a plant grows under the soil. In order to test this, he pulled out a new plant from the school garden. When he was called by the Principal for destroying a new plant, he boldly admitted, “Yes! I did it, I wanted to see if the root is growing under the soil.” This incident revealed that as a concrete thinker, seeing is believing!
In their book, “The Child with Special Needs,” Geenspan and Wieder draw upon 20 years experience of working and researching special needs children to advise against a simplistic approach to labelling children, ADD, PDD, PDDNOS, autistic, etc.
For example, a child may be labeled as autistic because he has difficulty relating to others, yet his underlying problems may be more specific and involve difficulty in processing auditory information and a severe over reactivity to sound. As a result of these challenges, the speech of people around him is confusing and assaulting, making him physically and emotionally uncomfortable. To protect himself, the child withdraws and becomes aimless, earning the diagnosis of autism. Continue reading